The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Thu May 10, 2012 12:25 am

:shock:

WHAT?!

I just saw the synopsis for Half Sick of Shadows, and there's time travel involved! WTF, man? I thought that the rules, saying that the laws of physics had to be the same as ours, meant that time travel and other stuff wasn't allowed in it.

Dammit! That means that there were so many more stories I could have written for this damned competition, but didn't because I thought they'd violate the rules. :evil:

Okay, I've gotta think about this, and see whether there is anything that I can write...
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby michelanCello » Thu May 10, 2012 2:05 pm

'Course there is :) Good luck with it, Q! May all the muses be with you ;)
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Thu May 10, 2012 10:31 pm

michelanCello wrote:'Course there is :) Good luck with it, Q! May all the muses be with you ;)


They are, but they're fickle, cruel b**ches. :P
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:10 am

BTW, some good news for people who know about my literary endeavours. Well, good news, not so good news, and good news.

The first bit of good news is that I have finally, after 144 drafts, completed a full draft of the novel I was originally going to do for the TP Prize back in 2010. It's very different, but I have managed to get something together.

The not so good news is that, frankly, the second half is partly crap, the first half is okay but creaky, and the whole lot (but especially the second half) needs substantial revision. But it's a start to finally completing this novel, now and forever, Amen Hallelujah peanut butter. And I know what direction I want to take it.

The second bit of good news is that I also have, finally, a workable concept for a TP Prize novel that is interesting enough to engage my creativity. Research begins tomorrow!
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Dotsie » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:30 am

That's great! Good luck with the rest of it :D
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Penfold » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:31 am

Good luck with the rest of it Q. :D
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:38 am

Dotsie wrote:That's great! Good luck with the rest of it :D


Luck isn't what is at issue.

I'm trying to think about the specifics of my plot for the new TP Prize novel, but it will be a very science fiction story, involving aliens. That's as much as I will say.

As for the other one, the one I just completed, I need to set it aside for a while while I consider how to fix it.


Penfold wrote:Good luck with the rest of it Q. :D


Like I said, luck isn't what's at issue. But thanks to both of you. :)
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:41 pm

Good lu- Work hard,happy writing Q. ;) Glad you found an idea that interests you. :)
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:15 pm

Every author, no matter how successful, has to do a certain amount of re-writes and revisions when it goes to editorial - getting the whole plotted and in some semblance of shape is the hardest bit in a way as you don't always know how your ideas will sit together all the way through. Well done for getting this far and as you don't hold with The Lady try to enjoy this consolidation phase - research can be very rewarding and can give you m ore inspiration to improve what you already have ;)
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:30 pm

Thanks. I don't believe in luck when it comes to writing. Except the bad kind (I'm more of a fervent believer in Finagle's Law, if anything :P ).

I began the revisions last night. The relatively easy part, the first 20,000 words of the novel, has just been done, although I might want to add some nunaces (for flavour) later. I found some blatant errors and corrected them (artefacts of changing the novel from a third person viewpoint to a first person viewpoint, incidentally, and copying and pasting sequences from older drafts), changed a minor plot point. Now comes the hard part... :?
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:18 pm

Good news on revising the first novel. I've finished a much better draft. I'll need to do some revision, and maybe extend it a little (as it is, it's more of a novella than a novel), but it's workable.

However, I am having less luck for a novel for the TP Prize. I currently have two ideas under consideration, but not much luck with either... :?
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:14 am

Good news, as noted on another part of the forum. I have already begun a new novel for the TP Prize, based on a concept I was kicking around for a while. I've written the first five chapters, plus a prologue, and am working on the sixth. In all, I've written nearly 17K words so far, and the momentum hasn't been lost yet.
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:04 am

More good news. After a potentially fatal SNAFU with a sub-plot, I went back and started again, albeit with my usual copy-and-paste restructuring. Not only have I made one of my key characters a little better, but the sub-plot feels a little less slapped together. I'm now approaching the 40K words mark: halfway there as far as the minimum is concerned. :D

BTW, does anyone even bother reading this thread when I post? Don't be shy, post...
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:04 am

I read it, there's often just not much to add. I wish you every success in this. We have several friend who are published authors and know how difficult it can be. It's not just a case of coming up with a good idea for a story, the actual writing process isn't easy and getting published is other thing altogether. :?
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Re: The Terry Pratchett Prize, Round Two...

Postby Quatermass » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:21 am

I know. People should stop asking authors where they get their ideas from. It's putting ideas together which is the real knack. And I don't know where to find a proper agent. At the moment, I have only a few avenues for publishing, and this is probably my best chance to get right to publishing and get some moolah into the bargain.

Of course, the advantage is, if I do win the TP Prize and they want me to write further books, I have at least one completed book (albeit the first installment of a series) ready for publication, and I only have to do some revisions on the one originally conceived for the TP Prize.

And yeah, you're right, it's not like there's anything you can reply with... :|
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